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Electrical Engineer Job Description

An electrical engineer is an engineer who designs, develops and tests electrical systems and equipment. Electrical engineers are concerned with the technology of electricity and they work with a wide range of components, devices and systems, from tiny microchips to huge power station generators.

An electrical engineer should be enthusiastic, innovative, analytical and practical, and have the ability to communicate effectively and work well with others in a team. They should have good understanding of electrical principles, and be able to design electrical systems, components and processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.

Famous electrical engineers include Michael Faraday (Law of Induction), Thomas Edison (electric light bulb), George Westinghouse (alternating current), Nikola Tesla (induction motor), Guglielmo Marconi (radio) and Philo T. Farnsworth (television).

Pursue a career in electrical engineering if you have aptitude for mathematics and science, and interest in electrical technology.

What does an Electrical Engineer do?

Electrical engineers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Electrical engineers usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends or be on-call to meet deadlines. They work in offices, laboratories, workshops and on-site at power stations or building projects.

What is Required to Become an Electrical Engineer?

To become an electrical engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree electrical engineering or a related discipline.

Secondary school students interested in studying electrical engineering should take should take preparatory subjects such as chemistry, physics, computer, and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


An electrical engineer may specialize to become any of the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Electrical engineers need to have:


Alternative Careers

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